We all love to smell pleasant and we buy a ton of scented body products to create our signature scent. It may take us years to find the perfect perfume, but sometimes it could also take you one trip to the perfume section of the mall to find a scent that would ultimately become uniquely yours - a signature scent that would stand the test of time.
If you've known me since high school then you would know that I'm a big fan of perfumes. I don't ever leave the house without spritzing a bit on my pulse points and if I somehow forgot to put some on before heading off to school, I feel naked. You know that empty feeling you get when you forget to wear something - like a wristwatch - you're used to wearing everyday? That's how I feel when I don't have any perfume on me. Just imagine how I'd feel if I forgot to put on some perfume and my wristwatch - total nightmare that's what! And like all things, my taste in perfume changed through out my days in grade school and high school. It took me a couple of years to find what kind of scent I truly love and would never get tired of sniffing. From clean fruity scents to the more mature balance of vanilla and musky ones, here's a brief look into my personal scent history.
EAU DE TOILETTE
Before we get on with my scent history, I'll briefly explain the labels you see on different perfume bottles. These labels are actually the different levels of perfume concentration, these labels can tell you how much concentration a perfume has and how long they'll last. Eau de Toilette is the least concentrated and most popular type of actual perfume concentration, with only 1-6% of the perfume concentrate present in the formula. Scents with this label often last between two to three hours.
Ralph Lauren's Ralph Wild
My parents bought me my first Eau de Toilette when I was in the seventh grade. It was a bottle of Ralph Lauren's Ralph Wild and I remember it having a fruity smell. I was obsessed with smelling like a fruit for two years so this was my scent up until my Freshman year in high school. Presented in the year 2007, this perfume is made with juicy notes of strawberry, watermelon juice and cherry blossom.
Lacoste's Touch of Pink
This particular scent used to be my favorite and has a woodsy-musk base that is softened with vanilla. I wasn't really looking for a new perfume but being the diehard Ashely Tisdale fan that I was during her High School Musical and Suite Life days, I bought a bottle by impulse because she featured this perfume in one of her music videos. This time is also when my taste in scents changed from clean and fruity to something that's more woodsy and vanilla based.
EAU DE PARFUM
Eau de Parfum is the second most concentrated type of fragrance and its scent can last up to six hours. Perfumes with this concentration are often more expensive than those that are labeled as Eau de Toilette because of its higher concentration, but its cheaper compared to a Parfum which is the most highly concentrated type of fragrance there is and can even last for an entire day.
If you're following me on Instagram then you would know that I like to steal - ehem borrow - my mom's stuff and this perfume was one of them. I ran out of both aforementioned scents and I asked if I could spritz some of her perfume for the day. She agreed and I ended up stealing the bottle (with her permission, so technically it's not stealing?) for myself. This fragrance is categorized as a gourmand floral, featuring top notes of lychee and raspberry with middle notes of rose, freesia and lily of the valley, alongside a base of vetiver, cedar wood, patchouli and vanilla. This has become my go-to scent till today and I consider it to be one of my signature scents.
Like Lacoste's Touch of Pink, I bought this perfume just because Emma Watson endorsed it back in 2011. I didn't actually think I'd fall in love with the scent. The successor of Lancôme's Trésor In Love, this scent is described as a mischievous and playful fragrance. This captivating scent blends intense rose and raspberry with a top note that consists of jasmine, peony, blackcurrant, and pink pepper. Its base notes are a mixture of virginia cedar essence and a musky vanilla. When I'm not wearing Diamonds, you can bet that I'm wearing this scent instead and it's my other signature scent.
After more than three years worth of using Diamonds and Midnight Rose, I decided that a mix up of scent would be nice. This perfume is a bit fruity but not as much as my first perfume because it still has a hint of vanilla. It's a light scent that smells like you've just gotten out of the shower - if your body gel smells like a combination of pink peony and rich black vanilla. I use this alternately with my Diamonds perfume since I only use Midnight Rose during special occasions.
So here it is. My complete scent history, I'm actually looking forward to seeing how this list grows within the next few years. It's amazing how you can somehow know a person based on their scent, right? I can never sneak up on my friends because they just know it's me behind them. A scent is literally like a signature, people can identify you just by their sense of smell.
A little tip before this post ends! Spritz your perfume on your chosen pulse points (behind the ears, wrists, neck, in the crease of the elbow, and even at the back of your knees). Make sure your bottle is a couple of inches away from your skin when you do this so the scent scatters. And never ever rub your wrists together as this would actually damage the scent. Your body heat will do its job of releasing the fragrance, so don't worry!